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Thrillers & Suspense

Thriller and Suspense Films promote intense excitement, suspense, a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, anxiety, and nerve-wracking tension. A genuine thriller is a film that relentlessly pursues a single-minded goal, to provide thrills and keep the audience cliff-hanging on the 'edge of their seats' as the plot builds towards a climax. Plots of thrillers often involve characters which come into conflict with each other or with outside forces - the menace is sometimes abstract or shadowy. Below is a grand line-up of the best in contemporary Thrillers & Suspense made since 1965. Following a similar theme, with generally a darker look is the "Film Noir" feature, well worth checking out. The exploits of "James Bond 007" may also be accessed stage left. Right: Frances McDormand makes an arrest in the Coen Bros "Fargo".

Thunderheart (1992)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

An engrossing thriller about a part-Sioux FBI agent sent to investigate a murder on an Indian reservation. Especially notable for its keen attention t... Read more

Tightrope (1984)

6.3/10
Director: Richard Tuggle
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Clint Eastwood stars as a New Orleans cop who, while hunting down a vicious sex murderer, suffers his own descent into sexual darkness. This razor-sha... Read more

Time After Time (1979)

7.2/10
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi

H G Wells (Malcolm McDowell) pursues Jack the Ripper (David Warner) into modern day San Francisco via a time machine. An imaginative film notable for... Read more

Time Lapse (2014)

6.5/10
Director: Bradley King
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and d... Read more

Time Without Pity (1957)

6.9/10
Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cushing

David Graham (Michael Redgrave) is an alcoholic father who arrives in London after his release from an American sanatorium. His son has been sentenced... Read more

Timecop (1994)

5.8/10
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

In the year 2004, a new law enforcement agency polices time-tripping criminals; top agent Jean-Claude Van Damme is determined to nail the ringleader o... Read more

Timecrimes (2007)

7.2/10
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo, Juan Inciar...

Aka "Los Cronocrimenes". Fiendishly clever and stylishly crafted, this low-budget Spanish sci-fi thriller ably demonstrates the value of a great idea... Read more

Timelock (1957)

2.8/10
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Robert Ayres, Robert Beatty, Betty McDowell, Lee Patterson, Sean Connery

A textbook example of how a talented director and cast can do a lot with a little. Lensed in Canada, the story gets under way when a child is accident... Read more

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

7.1/10
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Mark Strong, Sim...

There is a mole in MI6. When British agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) discovers, courtesy of an affair, that there may be a Russian agent operating at a h... Read more

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ( Blu-ray ) (2011)

7.1/10
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Mark Strong, Sim...

There is a mole in MI6. When British agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) discovers, courtesy of an affair, that there may be a Russian agent operating at a h... Read more